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a person who views a situation with unwarranted optimism
Derived Forms
Panglossian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: after Dr Pangloss, a character in Voltaire's Candide (1759)
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  • It was audacious in me, but I took another liberty with pangloss.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • But all for the best, as my fellow philosopher, pangloss, says.

  • pangloss was professor of metaphysico-theologico-cosmolo-nigology.

    Candide Voltaire
  • pangloss explained to him how everything was so constituted that it could not be better.

    Candide Voltaire
  • "This concussion of the earth is no new thing," answered pangloss.

    Candide Voltaire
  • pangloss most cruelly deceived me when he said that everything in the world is for the best.

    Candide Voltaire
  • During their voyage they reasoned a good deal on the philosophy of poor pangloss.

    Candide Voltaire
  • And, my dear pangloss, how came you to life again after being hanged?

    Candide Voltaire
  • "Then I behold, once more, my dear Candide," cried pangloss.

    Candide Voltaire
  • pangloss was in despair at not shining in some German university.

    Candide Voltaire

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